EYC Foundation seeks to support exceptional students that have a passion for the maritime world, a love of life on the water, a respect for the marine environment and a dream of a lifetime career in the industry.

Today’s successful Marine & Maritime Scholarship program was designed to enhance EYCF’s Career Expo mission. Wheras the Expo is about helping students discover the countless possibilities for careers in the industry, the scholarship program is about supporting students that have made their decision and are on their way to making those careers happen.

“I really have found my footing in my junior year at Maine Maritime, and I raised my GPA significantly even in higher level classes. I was able to take very valuable classes like Ship Handling, Stability, and Marine Systems.” ~ WILL ARNONE

Originally known as MAST (MArine Skills Training) Scholarships, the program was launched in 2015. That first year, 5 students were each awarded $700 per semester. Eight years later, in 2023 the program grew to 12 students that were initially promised $2000 for the school year. Thanks to a generous donation from a Friend of the Foundation, EYCF was able to surprise recipients with news that their second semester award doubled to $2000.

Scholarship recipients that have completed their schooling and certifications are thriving all over the word today.

“[Having both graduated from NY Maritime] Jack is on his way to Antwerp, and Maxwell is heading to Saipan. The EYC Foundation played a crucial role in planting and nurturing the maritime seeds that have flourished in both of our sons.”
~ JOHN RYDER SR.

Help make a student’s dream come true

Meet the 2023 New Scholarship Recipients

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    Caleb Brockett

    Hails from: Adamstown, MD

    Caleb studies Naval Architecture at Webb Institute in New York. After completing his undergraduate studies, he plans to pursue a Master’s degree in naval architecture at the University of Michigan or Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is currently considering a career in either ship design with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, in Maryland, or in commercial maritime salvage.

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    Luke Carter

    Hails from: Riva, MD

    Luke studies Composite Boat Building at the Landing School in Maine. After his first year at the Landing School focusing on composite boatbuilding, he plans to study yacht design or marine systems during his second year, before launching a long-term career in the marine industry, in the marine trades, as a yacht designer, or even owning his own business.

  • Julia Kruesi

    Hails from:  Annapolis, MD

    Julia studies Marine Science at the University of Delaware. After completing a degree in marine science, she wants to help communities tackle marine environmental challenges, including marine pollution and ecosystem sustainability, such as the health of the blue crab and oyster populations on the Chesapeake Bay.

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    Zachary Hardy

    Hails from: Falls Church, VA

    Zachary studies Marine Transportation at Maine Maritime Academy. While earning an undergraduate degree in marine transportation and earning an unlimited tonnage deck officer’s license, he will be considering career options as a Coast Guard officer, a ship’s officer on a commercial ship, or working in the yachting industry.

Meet the 2023 Returning Recipients

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Will Arnone

Vessel Operations & Technology

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Chris Grieves

Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering

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Christopher Kaminsks

Marine Science

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James Breil

Naval Architecture

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Dylan Bender

Marine Transportation

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Nate Gifford

Marine Transportation

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Teleri Wilt

Marine Transportation

Senior Chris Grieves is the recipient of the Stephen Voorhis Memorial Scholarship. Chris’ childhood dream was to be the person that designs and builds boats. His love of the water started early; in high school he worked as a riverboat deckhand. His passion has led him to pursuit of a dual degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at Webb Institute. We can’t wait to see where Chris and his fellow scholarships recipients go with their marine and maritime dreams.

Submit your application for the 2024-2025 school year today! Application deadline is May 15, 2024

The Marine & Maritime Scholarship program is chaired by Mike Morris
Reach him at: MMScholarships@eycfoundation.org

Learn about all the EYCF programs